Ruthless Princess: A Mafia Royals Romance by Rachel Van Dyken


Ruthless Princess: A Mafia Royals Romance about best friends turned enemies, by Rachel Van Dyken, the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series is LIVE.


The enemy of my enemy is my friend…

I never thought my father would ask this of me, to become the second generation at Eagle Elite University, to rule with an iron fist, and to take care of anyone who gets in our way.

But ever since the incident.

Ever since Him.

There’s been a war in our little clique.

After all, a house divided cannot stand.

He’s the problem, not me.

He used to kiss me like I was his oxygen.

Now he looks at me like I’m his poison.

But we both drank it, again and again, never believing there would be a day when our love would start a war.

And our friendship would shatter into a million pieces.

Then again, the worst thing you could do in the mafia is hang on to hope that your life will be normal.

The second worst thing?

Fall in love with your best friend.


And heir to the Nicolasi throne.


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Ruthless Princess by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn’t jump on the RVD train until very recently, so I had zero background into her mafia word wizardry before I began this book. To say I was shocked by the time I finished it, is an understatement. It wasn’t so much this book that shocked me, even tho I found it to be riveting, I was more shocked at the fact that I hadn’t read any of her books in the mafia world before now! Ya’ll, there are too many authors and not enough hours!! Someone is gonna have to come up with a way to fix that!

The one rule that the bosses gave all the cousins, all the kids, no dating each other, it complicates thing. They all took a blood oath. Breaking that oath is like signing your death sentence.

Listen, when it comes to the mafia and their rules, nothing is too much or over the top so when you read this story, know that it is very realistic. Obviously, maybe not relatable (unless you’re part of a Mafia Family) but true to the nature of the world within the mafia. I’ve read enough in my lifetime to know this. That alone captivated me to this story. It reads very realistic. It has the perfect amount of drama to keep my anxiety on high alert but never goes over the top to make me #twitchy. I loved every minute of my reading experience with this story.

The focus of Ruthless Princess is Serena and Junior but there is so much more going on than that. It’s not crowded with side-stories, but it is very intertwined with a lot more storylines. The cousins, the parents, the outside world in general was all just riveting and captivating to me and although some of the stuff sounded a little crazy, I loved it even more because of that! LOL It’s the Mafia, of course they all talk/act crazy, right?!

This is such a well built story that if you haven’t read a single book in Rachel’s mafia world, you’re totally fine (that’s me and I did not feel any loss whatsoever in the storyline) and if you’re anything like me, you’re going to enjoy it so much that will download every single book in the Eagle Elite series! I regret nothing! Happy reading!

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He licked his lips and repeated what he always did when we had to perform, when we had to do our jobs. “I won’t be gentle with you.”

Our foreheads touched, my chest heaved with exertion like it was hard to breathe when he was so near, but really it was the promise that killed me, a promise that he wouldn’t enjoy touching me ever again, that I was more curse than cure, and yet, I knew it was all we would ever get, these fleeting moments where we did our job too well. “Then make it hurt, baby.” My voice cracked. “Make it hurt.”

His lips parted in a groan as he spun me into his arms and crushed his mouth to mine. It was part pain, part pleasure as he pulled my hair then slid a hand up my shirt like nobody was watching when everyone was.

We broke apart, mouths swollen, my lower lip was bleeding.

A reminder for both of us—this was no cease-fire, this wasn’t real, it was all a carefully constructed show.

“Mmmmm…” I smirked. “Looks like Junior’s not playing around tonight, ladies.”

Screams went up as Junior grabbed my ass and squeezed so hard, I knew I would bruise later. He roughly pulled me against his chest and nipped at my neck.

I told my body it didn’t feel good.

I told my heart we were safe.

And I forced myself to believe the lie every single time we touched.

Because to do otherwise—would destroy me.



Meet The Author

Rachel Van Dyken is the number one New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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